Topeka, Kan. – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff from sun-up to sun-down on Saturday, June 15 in honor of 2nd Lt. Justin Lee Sisson. 2nd Lt. Sisson and Spc. Robert A. Pierce were killed on Monday, June 3rd after their unit was hit by an improvised explosive device while on patrol in Tsamkani, Afghanistan.
Sisson's funeral will be held on Saturday, June 15 at the Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, where he will be buried near his grandfathers. Sisson was a 2007 graduate of Blue Valley West High School in Overland Park. He earned a degree in history from Florida State University, and graduated from Ranger School last fall before being deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He is survived by his parents, Kevin and Phyllis Sisson and older brother, Ryan Sisson.
Sisson was assigned to Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, as an assistant operations officer